On July 4 at 8:30 p.m., Maidstone RCMP were dispatched to a missing tuber that was floating down the Battle River south of Waseca. Missing was an 18-year-old male from Lashburn, who got separated from friends when a storm rolled in.
Maidstone RCMP were assisted in the search effort by Lloydminster Search and Rescue, Maidstone Fire, Cut Knife RCMP, Turtleford RCMP, F Division RCMP Search and Rescue, RCMP underwater recovery team, RCMP Air support and Midwest Victim Services.
Hundreds of local residents also assisted providing a plane, canoes, kayaks, horses, quads, side by sides, boats and search teams.
After two days and a night of searching, the missing male was located. Unfortunately the male was deceased and RCMP say their thoughts are with the family at this time.
The community support during this tragic incident was tremendous. There have been several calls for incidents on the rivers and lakes already this season. The RCMP would like to remind the public to be safe while on water and wear proper safety devices.